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Grants Manager, BFF

Overview

The Bezos Family Foundation seeks a Grants Manager for the team in Seattle Washington. This role is an individual contributor and reports into the Director of Strategic Initiatives.

About the Foundation

Bezos Family Foundation believes children are born with potential and deserve the experiences and environments needed to learn and thrive. Our programs and funding are guided by the science of learning and aim to transform how we support all young people to pursue their own path for success.

About the Position

The Grants Manager supports the Foundation in processing grant agreements, payments, and reports as well as conducts research and analysis of internal grants data to assess and strengthen the Foundation’s grantmaking program.

Key Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Sr. Grants Manager, fulfill grants administration duties:

  • Support program officers and program staff in finalizing grant agreements, amendments, gifts and sponsorships, to include clear grant deliverables and payment and reporting schedules aligned to the Foundation’s payment calendar.

  • Communicate with the Foundation’s fund recipients to complete detailed documentation and procedures as required to confirm grant, gift, or sponsorship payments.

  • Coordinate with the Foundation’s operations and legal teams to address complex agreement issues.

  • Support maintenance of systems to track grant reporting

Serve as an administrator of the grants management system in Salesforce:

  • Ensure accuracy and completeness of all grant, gift, and sponsorship records and current contacts.

  • Setup, run, and maintain reports to support all Foundation grantmaking teams.

  • Provide troubleshooting for staff and potential grant partners navigating the online portal.

Support the grants team in using data to measure performance and inform operational and programmatic decisions:

  • Define and extract Salesforce data to support reporting and analysis of grantmaking investments and performance, including assessing subgroups of the Foundation’s grants for results and impact.

  • Use data collected from partners and grants to draw insights and make recommendations that can help the Foundation shape priorities and strengthen decision-making.

  • Ensure data quality by advising on data structure for new grants management processes as they are built.

  • Produce and present written, verbal, and visual summaries of grant records to internal stakeholders. Assist in the design and development of data visualizations.

Handle internal grants communications projects:

  • Assist with responding to general grants inquiries to the Foundation and inputting contact data in Salesforce.

  • Send quarterly updates to the communications team to ensure the Foundation’s public-facing grantee list is up-to-date and new partners can be promoted on the Foundation’s social channels.

Conduct research projects to support team understanding of landscape, partners, priorities aligned with grantmaking portfolios, and other areas of interest to the Foundation.

Other contributions as needed to support a dynamic team.

Required Experience and Education

  • 3-5 years’ professional experience that includes data entry, manipulation and analysis, and work with grants, contracts, or other legal documents.

  • Degree or comparable experience that includes the ability to read, analyze and synthesize complex material such as research and environmental scans; ground a point of view with evidence; and prepare written summaries.

  • Highly skilled with Microsoft Office tools and a customer relationship management platform (Salesforce a plus).

  • Exceptional attention to detail.

  • Robust analytical skills and comfort with both qualitative and quantitative data (e.g., impact measurement, financial and statistical analysis).

  • Ability to work with internal and external partners and guide them through technical data and grantmaking processes.

  • Ability to effectively present research findings to multiple audiences in written and verbal formats.

  • Strong project management skills and ability to develop a work plan, prioritize in a constantly changing environment, and effectively track and execute multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Working understanding of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities, particularly regarding research and data.

  • Proven ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and a willingness to jump in where needed.

  • Comfort with ambiguity.

Characteristics

  • Passionate commitment to the Foundation’s mission.

  • A strong work ethic with the ability to deliver results.

  • A positive and proactive approach to problem solving.

  • Commitment to accuracy in high volume detail work and competing priorities.

  • Ability to maintain the highest levels of confidentiality.

  • Innovative, resourceful, and conscientious of organization’s brand and assets.

  • Ability to take initiative to support changing needs of the team.

This position description is intended to provide a general overview of the expectations and responsibilities of this position and may not include all tasks that may be assigned. As the nature of business demands change, so may the functions of this position. Additional duties and responsibilities may be assigned.

Location:  Bezos Family Foundation is located in downtown Seattle and currently operates on a hybrid in-office schedule. Remote work is allowed up to two days a week and the team thrives on connection and collaboration and therefore expects an in-office workforce three days a week.

FLSA Classification: Exempt (salary)

Employment Type: Full-time

Compensation & Benefits: Consistent with applicable pay transparency laws, the employer provides a range of minimum compensation for roles that may be hired in the relevant location.  Factors that may be used to determine your actual salary may include a wide array of things including: your specific skills and experience, geographic location, or other relevant factors.

The starting pay for this position is between USD $80,000.00 and $100,000.00. The employer also provides well-being programs including medical, dental and vision benefits, life insurance, disability insurance, a 529 Plan contribution and paid time-off.

Eligibility: US citizens and those authorized to work in the US are encouraged to apply. Work sponsorship is not available at this time.

To Apply

Interested candidates, please apply directly here or email your resume to: rob@hanselltierney.com.

HansellTierney.com

Hansell Tierney is one of the premier staffing and recruiting companies in the Pacific Northwest. Launched in 2001, we are a woman-owned business that serves and staffs Northwest organizations by doing things the right way, not just the easiest way. Hansell Tierney partners with candidates and clients to match the best candidates with interesting local opportunities. We navigate every relationship with the highest level of discretion and service while holding ourselves accountable to our promises. Our business thrives on our deep understanding of the job market and our ability to skillfully tailor our recruitment process to meet our clients’ unique needs.

Sr. Program Officer

Overview

The Bezos Family Foundation seeks a Sr. Program Officer for the team in Seattle, Washington. This role is an individual contributor and reports into the Managing Director for Adolescent Programs.

About the Foundation

Bezos Family Foundation believes children are born with potential and deserve the experiences and environments needed to learn and thrive. Our programs and funding are guided by the science of learning and aim to transform how we support all young people to pursue their own path for success.

About the Position

As a member of a team responsible for strengthening an established portfolio of adolescent grants, this person would help cultivate and steward new and existing grant relationships across a range of Middle and Secondary schools; develop emerging investment areas of interest such as teacher preparation and support for rural districts; and contribute to development and ongoing assessment of grant strategy.

The Sr. Program Officer aims to further the Foundation’s mission to invest in the science of learning and the experiences that youth need from birth to high school to pursue their own path for success, with primary focus on Middle and High school investments that provide students with high quality teaching and learning experiences in public schools.

This position may also support a broad range of adolescent grant opportunities and partners as needed.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee and serve as the primary relationship manager for a portfolio of grant partners:

    • Understand partner organizations and their mission, context, goals and programs.

    • Review partner reports and grant milestones.

    • Provide strategic support and thought partnership.

    • Identify and help address any challenges.

    • Share the partner’s work internally.

  • Conceptualize, cultivate, and bring forward new investment opportunities aligned with Foundation priorities:

    • Contribute to investment approach and initiatives.

    • Source potential grant investments.

    • Conduct due diligence.

    • Guide organizations through the proposal process.

    • Make written and oral investment recommendations to Foundation leadership.

  • Partner with the Foundation’s grants team, communications team, program teams and other Foundation staff to effectively support grant partners, grantmaking processes and all Foundation efforts.

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of grant investment strategy, goals and priorities.

  • Support grant strategy evaluation, analyzing investment impact and effectiveness and driving ongoing Foundation learning and improvement.

  • Provide research, background information and analysis on sector trends, potential projects, prospective and current grant priorities and partners and investment goals.

  • Cultivate and manage external relationships with experts, community leaders, potential grant partners and colleagues in the field of philanthropy.

  • Maintain knowledge of sector trends and innovations. Track current events, issues and publications with particular focus on Middle and High School education.

  • Bring genuine passion to the work.

  • Willingness to flexibly respond to needs of the Foundation and travel up to 10%.

Required Experience and Education

  • 8 - 10 years of demonstrated experience in the K-12 education field (e.g., teacher, administrator, school support, ed tech), with knowledge of classroom and district practices, teacher education pathways and/or education policy at a local, state or federal level preferred.

  • A minimum of 2 years’ relevant experience with philanthropy or grantmaking.

  • BA degree or comparable experience that includes the ability to read, analyze and synthesize complex material including research, government reports and environmental scans; ground a point of view with evidence; and prepare compelling written summaries and detailed recommendations. Advanced degree (MA, M Ed, etc.) is preferred.

  • Ability to develop effective professional relationships with colleagues and partners across diverse settings.

  • Experience in a community traditionally under-represented in nonprofit leadership roles and an understanding of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities especially as it pertains to K-12 education.

  • Successful experience working on teams.

  • Aptitude for seeking and integrating feedback and flexibility to shift one’s point of view.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with budgets and measurement frameworks.

  • Comfort using technology, including mastery of Microsoft Office suite and database management experience. Salesforce experience is a plus.

  • Ability to effectively prioritize projects and optimize resources.

Characteristics

  • Possesses a strong work ethic with the ability to deliver results.

  • Takes a positive, professional, and proactive approach, particularly related to problem solving.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with strong presentation skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to build trust with external partners and strong cross-functional relationships across an organization to achieve common goals.

  • Sound business judgment and a skilled collaborator.

  • Ability to maintain the highest levels of confidentiality.

  • Unwavering integrity, ethics and comfortable with an open and transparent work environment.

  • Innovative, resourceful and conscientious of organization’s brand and assets.

  • Strategic thinker, ability to map daily responsibilities to the organization's overall mission and goals.

  • Ability to work collaboratively and take initiative to support changing needs of the team.

This position description is intended to provide a general overview of the expectations and responsibilities of this position and may not include all tasks that may be assigned. As the nature of business demands change, so may the functions of this position. Additional duties and responsibilities may be assigned.

Location: Bezos Family Foundation is located in downtown Seattle and currently operates on a hybrid in-office schedule. Remote work is allowed up to two days a week and the team thrives on connection and collaboration and therefore expects an in-office workforce three days a week.

FLSA Classification: Exempt (salary)

Employment Type: Full-time

Compensation & Benefits: Consistent with applicable pay transparency laws, the employer provides a range of minimum compensation for roles that may be hired in the relevant location. Factors that may be used to determine your actual salary may include a wide array of things including: your specific skills and experience, geographic location, or other relevant factors.

The starting pay for this position is between USD $120,000.00 and $135,000.00. The employer also provides well-being programs including medical, dental and vision benefits, life insurance, disability insurance, a 529 Plan contribution and paid time-off.

Eligibility: US citizens and those authorized to work in the US are encouraged to apply. Work sponsorship is not available at this time.

Interested candidates, please apply directly here or email your resume to: lindsey@hanselltierney.com.

HansellTierney.com

Hansell Tierney is one of the premier staffing and recruiting companies in the Pacific Northwest. Launched in 2001, we are a woman-owned business that serves and staffs Northwest organizations by doing things the right way, not just the easiest way. Hansell Tierney partners with candidates and clients to match the best candidates with interesting local opportunities. We navigate every relationship with the highest level of discretion and service while holding ourselves accountable to our promises. Our business thrives on our deep understanding of the job market and our ability to skillfully tailor our recruitment process to meet our clients’ unique needs.